Have you tried smelt?
Dixie Moon Café’s “Southern food with an attitude” in Bonita Springs, a favorite for Southern style down home good cooking, has a unique taste treat! For $9.95 you get a very large order of smelt, a sardine sized fish, cleaned, and deliciously and delicately fried in the lightest of batters, served with lemon and tartar sauce. This is crispy, juicy, and a familiar favorite of visitors from the North and from South America, where the smelt, a cold water fish, are harvested. The smelt can run out early, so be warned! Pair delicately fried smelt with a glass of beer or tea, and you’ve got a real treat. Add fried green tomatoes, fried crawfish, true Southern Fried Chicken or BBQ brisket, and a signature peach blossom cake with caramel sauce, and you have hometown delights not found at national chain restaurants. This is down home cookin’, like visiting a favorite small town Texas bar/restaurant from the 60’s.
It’s too easy to drive right by the not well marked restaurant on the East side of Old 41, so go slow as you approach!
Dixie Moon Café 27755 Old US 41, Bonita Springs 495-0023
NOTE: DIXIE MOON CAFE MOVED TO ANOTHER LOCATION, AND THEN CLOSED IN JUNE, 2009. IT SHALL BE MISSED.